Fort Bend ISD Celebrates Its AP Capstone Diploma Recipients (9/13/2021)
FORT BEND ISD (September 13, 2021) –Twelve Fort Bend ISD students earned the AP Capstone Diploma™ and one has earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ during the 2020-21 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.
Dulles High School
Ridge Point High School - Nadia Smalling
Austin High School
Ridge Point student Alena Stanley was awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
“We are proud of our students’ accomplishment and what it means for our District,” FBISD’s Acting Superintendent Diana Sayavedra said. “Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, these students have persevered to accomplish this high academic honor and serve as an example to others on what can be achieved.”
To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn a score of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program. Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2020-21 school year, when approximately 11,900 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 7,700 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
Unlike traditional AP subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest and they are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects.